Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Visit From Elder Cook

February 20, 2011

Here is my long email mom!!! I'll try to make it long! Haha, well this week was another great week!! We were pretty busy all week though!! On Tuesday we got to go to the temple! Always great of course!! Then after that we got to go to the DMZ! we got to see the tunnels that North Korea tried to dig to Seoul they are pretty intense those guys are crazy!! Then we drove up to this hill and you can see the divider of north and south and you can see into North Korea!! It was pretty cool!! It was a really cool sight!! You could pay money to look through binoculars and I did it and I could see some people out and people driving cars and stuff, it was super cool! It really made me think about how no one in that country has had a chance to hear the gospel and I really hope it gets opened!!! Then on Wednesday we had a special training! It was on planning! It was really good!! Ha it's really nice to be able to understand President now because I get exactly what he is saying instead of hearing it translated!! I always learn so much every time. Then on Friday Elder Cook came to Korea and we got to go listen to him talk!! He talked a lot about finding peace and happiness through the gospel it was really great I really enjoyed it a lot!! He is aging though it was weird to see him cause I haven't for a long time now haha!! Also this week someone called me and I talked to her and thought she was going to be a golden investigator!! Haha, then the next time I talked to her I found out that she got baptized a year and a half ago but then joined a different church!! But now she wants to come back so we will be working with her! It was crazy though cause the missionary that taught her was one of my teachers in the MTC!!!! So weird!! I will have to write her!!! we are starting to get to know the ward here a lot better!! They really like us a lot now! And are starting to want to help out with missionary work!!! Ha yesterday we were waiting for someone and this really drunk guy came up to me and shook my hand like 10 times! Then he pulls out a huge piece of paper and it has the English alphabet on the back!! He tried to find a couple of English words he knew to say to us and after a minute he couldn't and just said,  “I drank so much last night" in Korean then I was just like ha, I know I can tell! It was pretty funny though!! Other than that though we have been trying really hard to find new investigators and get the ward involved in the work with us!! It was a pretty good week though!! This Wednesday it will have been 1 year since I got my call! Can you believe that? I remember opening it like it was yesterday still!! So unreal.. Pretty soon I'll be on the downhill!! That is really weird to think about cause I have just always had the mindset that I am just always going to be a missionary and that I will never go home!! That is the best I think then you just always work hard and don't worry about time or home!! I do miss our family so much though. I loved the pictures they were great! I hope that everyone has a great week, I love you all! 

Love,Elder Frei

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) According to the Armistice Agreement, the Military Demarcation Line divides North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone surrounds the Armistice Line. The Armistice Line stretches 248 km (155 miles) across the Korea Peninsula from the Yeseong River and Gyodongdo of the Han River in the west to Myeongho-ri in Goseong-gun in the east. It winds through Panmunjeom, Cheorwon, and Geumhwa. The DMZ extends 2 km north and south on each side of the Armistice Line, covering a vast region of 64 million sq. ft. About one million armed soldiers of North and South Korea face each other each day along the Military Demarcation Line

North Korea began digging tunnels under the DMZ at the same time that the South and the North first launched peace talks in 1974. According to intelligence analysis, it is believed that North Korea began digging the tunnels after Kim Il-sung (North Korea's President) issued the September 25 Combat Readiness Order in 1971. In this order, he stressed the need to dig tunnels under the Demilitarized Zone, saying that one tunnel would be more effective than 10 atomic bombs and would thus be the best means to overwhelm the heavily fortified front.

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